tautologies wrote:ronnie wrote:[
I'm sure there are other things going on. There are a lot of influences in the Olympics and the ISAF involving politics and money.
There never was a majority in favour of kiting. Kiting got in by one vote and the Council member who represented Spain was supposed to vote for windsurfing and claimed that he voted for kiting by accident.
A woman who represented Canada said she voted for kiting to get more women into sailing. Well she got more women into kiting because some of the many hundreds (maybe thousands) of women racing RSX and the Techno feeder class switched over to join the few kite racers (there were 3 women entered in the PKRA 2012 O'Neill Kiteboard World Cup)
You know what though...saying all these things in retrospect doesn't matter at all. You do not get a second vote because you did not inform yourself about If someone voted then they voted. You can't really undo your vote when electing representatives. Complaining that they didn't know what they were voting for makes this even worse. The only time it would be a valid excuse is if someone have been behaving fraudulently...deliberately lying and covering up stuff. Anything else is nonsense. Sorry to be harsh, but an organization really should know better then such excuses.
Now I don't know the rules and regulations 100%, but it still seems like this process was part of a mickey mouse rinky dink organization that have no rules if someone high up complains a little...this is only perception.
The way I see it is if everything happened by the book, their rule book needs updating, because a system where you can vote in and out sports from the olympics every 6 months is absolutely retarded...if not everything were by the book ie 68% to 75% vote thingy, then someone needs to take their hat and leave...it would also invalidate the final vote as far as I can see.
Thats why I said they were incompetent.
The other point I was making was that there never actually was a majority of them in favour of kiting - ever. Kiting got in by accident, so it wasn't actually a big change-around when they went to 68% for windsurfing in November.
I was surprised that after failing to get the 75% to change things at the Council level they then changed things at the AGM. Whats the point of having the 75% then? Why not just keep it at 50% if you are going to then decide that actually there was a majority in favour of windsurfing so we should change it back.
So I agree that it shows their procedures are either wrong or they dont stick to them.
The windsurf reps were caught with their pants down too and if they had ended up out of the Olympics they would have to accept it was their own fault.
The only consolation is Rio is not a windy place, so this may be the result.
http://www.surfertoday.com/windsurfing/ ... ompetition